Take it for what you believe it’s worth given that it’s from The New York Times, but the Times and other mainstream media outlets are reporting that on Tuesday Vice-President Mike Pence told President Donald Trump that he will not be able to reject the Electoral College votes today during the Joint Session of Congress being held to finalize the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. Additionally, more Republican Senators have come forward and stated that they will ratify the Electoral College votes.
“Vice President Mike Pence told President Trump on Tuesday that he did not believe he had the power to block congressional certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the presidential election despite Mr. Trump’s insistence that he did, people briefed on the conversation said,” according to The New York Times.
“Mr. Pence’s message, delivered during his weekly lunch with the president, came hours after Mr. Trump further turned up the public pressure on the vice president to do his bidding when Congress convenes Wednesday in a joint session to ratify Mr. Biden’s Electoral College win.
“‘The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning, an inaccurate assertion that mischaracterized Mr. Pence’s largely formal and constitutionally prescribed role of presiding over the House and Senate as they receive and certify the electoral votes conveyed by the states and announcing the outcome.
“Mr. Pence does not have the unilateral power to alter the results sent by the states to Congress.
“More Republican senators came out on Tuesday against attempts to undermine the results, including Tim Scott of South Carolina and James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, who said he viewed challenging any state’s certification as “a violation of my oath of office.”
“In a process that is likely to go on for many hours, Mr. Pence will preside on Wednesday over a roll call of the states. If at least one senator and one House member object to the results from a state, they can force a debate of up to two hours about those results. Each chamber will then vote separately on whether to certify that state’s results.
“For results to be overturned, both the House and the Senate would have to agree to do so. Because the House is controlled by the Democrats, there is no realistic possibility of any state’s outcome being rejected. In addition, many if not most Senate Republicans appear likely to join all Democrats in rejecting challenges to the results.”
For more, go to The New York Times.
Share your thoughts in the comment section on this page. At the end of today’s Joint Session of Congress, who do you believe will be announced as the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election?
Update: President Trump has denied the above report by the New York Times and issued the following statement via Twitter:
If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency. Many States want to decertify the mistake they made in certifying incorrect & even fraudulent numbers in a process NOT approved by their State Legislatures (which it must be). Mike can send it back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021